The 2-Minute Rule to a Happier Family Life

The Mayo Clinic physician and author Dr. Amit Sood has a great way of improving his home life that I’d like to share with you.

It’s the 2-minute rule to a happier family life.

When you arrive home from work (or end your day if you work at home), check your emails and texts away from your family (in the garage if you are driving) one final time before greeting your spouse and children.

Give 2 minutes of focused attention to each family member when you greet them – two minutes because that’s the amount of time research shows we have to capture a person’s attention before they block us out.

Ask open-ended questions (“how was your day”, “what made you happy today”) and give them as much time as they need.

We can complain about being locked down or overwhelmed by the sheer amount of our digital communications or we can handle it and learn to deal with those we love by applying this 2-minute rule to get off to a good start.

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